Six Steps to Being a Better Patient
The best doctor can do very little with patients who ignore instructions. Sometimes noncompliance is partly due to the doctor not explaining things well, but compliance is ultimately in the hands of the patient. Many doctors find themselves mystified as to why some patients will ignore nearly everything their doctor says and yet continue coming in for regular appointments.
Comments From Dr. Esposito
I once had a patient call my office and tell my staff that she was interested in making an appointment as a new patient. However, she wanted a copy of my diploma and state license as well as three patient references that she could call before she came in the office.
Although this method of evaluating my services was quite shocking, I respected the process and obliged. Ten years later she is still a patient and has referred many people to my office.
After that experience I was more keen to evaluate how people pick their doctors and I found it quite sad that most people spend more time picking their mechanic, their gardener or their maid, then they spend choosing their doctor.
The doctor-patient relationship is a very special and important relationship. I would advise you to pay for a consultation with two to three doctors and take time to find out their health beliefs, share your health beliefs, then find out if they can respect those differences. You should also learn about their training both academically and in active practice.
Once you find the doctor that at least respects your health beliefs and is someone you can trust, then I would say you could feel comfortable building a relationship with them.